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2014 Grain Bin Safety articles

Grain Bin Safety Week officially launched in 2014 and highlighted a different component each of the seven days.

Handle Your Grain Harvest With Care

Poor harvest or storage conditions can increase the risk of grain engulfment, such as in 1993, when 10 Iowans died in grain. The real tragedy is that many of these people didn't understand the potential danger of handling grain. This article is courtesy of Iowa State University Extension.

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Proper Grain Management

Grain bin safety starts with maintaining grain quality in storage, which means learning and practicing better stored-grain quality management, while closely monitoring grain condition. If you can prevent grain spoilage, you may be able to eliminate the leading cause of bin entry.

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Identifying Grain Bin Hazards

Grain bin hazards aren't limited to entrapment or engulfment. Other, equally-hazardous situations include augers, bin collapses, Power Take-Offs (PTOs), fires and explosions, toxic atmospheres, electrical components and even ladders.

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Grain Bin Design and Modifications

Older bins lack the necessary design features to keep workers safe. If you use older bins, now is the time to retrofit them. And if you're considering a new bin, you can reduce the danger of suffocation and other safety hazards by incorporating the latest safety features.

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Grain Bin Entry and Training

We understand there are times when workers must enter a grain bin. To help ensure safety, we recommend all farmers and commercial-grain handlers to strictly follow OSHA's grain-handling standard and requirements for entering a bin, and to develop and implement a written, confined-space (bin) entry program.

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Grain Bin Entrapment: What if it Happens to You?

A man unloading a grain bin was trapped for nearly five hours when his foot became caught under the side of a sweep auger motor and he was buried in grain above his waist. Courtesy of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, this report illustrates how this type of incident could occur at other grain-handling facilities, and provides safety guidelines that could help other elevators avoid this type of situation or react more positively.

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Confined Spaces Beyond the Bin

Even though most family farms are exempt from OSHA regulations, Nationwide recommends farmers to follow OSHA standards for entering a confined space, such as a manure pit, feed mixer or bulk feed tank. It's the best way to avoid tragedy on your farm.

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